When was this decision made, and where is it published? Thx. I spoke with someone at the NCBON last week about Indiana State & she did not seem to think it an issue for students to complete clinicals in North Carolina.
Last edit by VeganLPN on Jan 14, '13
There are federal regulations related to online education (and federal funding) that were written some time ago that are gradually going into effect. You are getting caught in the period of uncertainty as the 50 states and multitude of online schools that cross state lines figure out how they are going to handle it.
The core of the issue is that the individual states have the right (and obligation) to certify educational programs within their state. The question is: Where does online education occur (for the purposes of state accreditation)? Does it occur in the physical location where the school's computer is located? ... in the state where the student is located? ... in the state where the online faculty member lives? ... etc. With the growth of online programs that cross state lines, which state is responsible (and obligated) to approve these programs?
There are some very legitmate online programs ... but there have also been some online "diploma mills" that have raised concern from lawmakers at both the state and federal level. They want to protect the public from being exploited by the bad schools -- many of whom "fly under the radar" of the various accreditation agencies and of the state boards (in all fields, not just nursing). So regulations have been put in place that can be interpreted to mean that in order for a school to offer education in a given state, it must be approved by that state to operate a school in that state. The online schools argue that the regulations place an undue burden on them to get approval from all 50 states -- and some states are not prepared to review that many schools, particularly when those schools are not physicially located in their state.
So ... everybody involved is looking for some sort of way to design a system whereby online schools can be sure to not fall through the cracks of state approval, but that is reasonable to accomplish. While that is being sorted out, each school and each state is making its own decisions about how much risk it wants to take by skirting the new regulations. From the original post, it sounds like Waldon is deciding its not wanting to risk running afoul of the NC Board (and federal regulators) at this time and is backing off new enrollments for the moment.
I hope that explains things a bit.
Last edit by llg on Jan 14, '13